Friday, October 17, 2008

A Black-Tie Event

I have always had a warm spot in my heart for penguins, which have to be the strangest of all birds. Unfortunately they have begun appearing in places where they shouldn’t be and where they can’t survive. Just like with beached whales, there are penguin lovers out there who want to help them get back home.

Recently Magellanic penguins have been showing up on the balmy beaches of Brazil, way outside their normal comfort zone. These birds are native to Patagonia and tend to migrate somewhat north during their summer following fish that travel with the warm waters. But this year the birds went much further north because of warmer than usual ocean currents.

Returning this latest group of birds to Patagonia was a 2-step process. They were first taken by boat to Brazil’s southern border with Argentina. There they were released into the open water in the hope they would be carried back to Patagonia on the ocean currents.

Check out this video of the release of these adorable birds in their little tuxedos.

Is this just one more manifestation of global warming? I wonder about the long-term future of these birds if indeed all of Antarctica melts one day. Will they then be on the endangered species list? Or will they evolve as humans must have to deal with climatic changes? Are there still people out there denying that global warming exists?


Blogger Steve said...

Unbelievably, yes, there are still people who deny global warming exists.

I worry about penguins, too. And whales, and coral, and all kinds of birds...sea turtles...where does it all stop??

1:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- Unfortunately it stops when they are all gone. I'm glad I was around when the world wasn't so threatened.

1:47 PM  
Blogger e said...

Perhaps if we all went a bit greener in our thinking and actions and demanded the same of our leaders, the world and its creatures would all be better off.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

I'm so glad the penguins had that agency to help them head back home. It is pretty scary the way so many things are changing these days.

And I'm sorry to do this, but I was tagged and now, so are you. But I don't know how to make a link to my post in which I announce that you've been tagged, so maybe you are off the hook!

12:53 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

LG has a thing about penguins and a bed and room FULL of them. literally. dozens.

they are such extraordinary and appealing creatures - so awful that they are under threat too.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

To me, there is no question that this is due to global warming. How can the big corporations and all of us deny it and continue to live in denial?

10:48 AM  

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